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I'll be in Boston next month(16 posts)

I'll be in Boston next monthlotterypick
Nov 10, 2003 10:07 AM
Any great places to have dinner. Then off to Sudbury for a night and then a meeting in the morning.

Hope to have the early afternnon off so need suggestions of someting to see for a few hours either in or between sudbury and boston.

Is traffic bad. If I get out of my meeting at lunch and my flight leaves at 5:45 what time shoud I get to the airport. Maybe you'll tell me I don't have any time in the afternoon, get to the airport and be safe.

Thanks for your thoughts.
re: I'll be in Boston next monthTJeanloz
Nov 10, 2003 10:34 AM
Boston is somewhat restaurant disadvantaged. There are a handful of good ones - but it would help if you narrow the field a little in terms of what you're looking for.

Airport-wise, I'd say you need to be there @ 4:45 - there tends to be a pretty big security line that time of day. It will take 15-20 minutes to get from downtown to the airport (door to door).
Narrowed downlotterypick
Nov 10, 2003 10:56 AM
I wouldn't go to the super expensive place.

It'd be better if it had a good number of people.

I like local or famous, like some seafood place or whatever Boston would be famous for. Oddly enough, I went to St. Louis and their specialty was Italian. I thought it would be BBQ.

So I'm looking for the local famous place of the specialty of the region.

With your information I'd have an hour or two at some place in the afternoon, any suggestions? THanks for your time.
Narrowed downTJeanloz
Nov 10, 2003 11:04 AM
I can't think of anything entertaining to do in the afternoon - maybe somebody else has an idea.

Restaurant-wise, Boston is probably a seafood place. Legal Seafood is the oversold tourist trap of seafood restaurants, and Anthony's Peir 4 has overstayed its noteriety. But Jimmy's Harborside is my pick for the best seafood. It's on the higher end of the price scale (as are Legal Seafood & Anthony's Peir 4), but not outrageous.
More recommendationsorange_julius
Nov 10, 2003 12:24 PM
I agree that Jimmy's is a better deal than Legal Seafood.

My newest favorite restaurant in Boston is Bambara's,
near the Cambridgeside Galleria mall in Cambridge, just
across the river from Boston. Experimental pan-European,
but done extremely well.

I also like Atasca in Cambridge, which serves Portuguese
food. There are a lot of Portuguese and Brazilian
transplants in Boston, but you have to have a few friends
in the community for the really authentic stuff :-).
Atasca's food is simple and hearty.

For something even less "Boston", try Penang for some
really good Malaysian / Indonesian food either in Chinatown
or in Harvard Square.

Or, while in Harvard Square, check out Sandrine's, a great
French Alsatian restaurant. If you don't like Alsatian
and prefer Provencal, well, you have to go down to
Connecticut :-).

Personally I'm not a big fan of the North End (Italian
neighborhood). You get authentic Italian treatment
(rude waitresses who only care about regulars), but
the food is not worth the trip.

Anyways, hope that helps.
3 more resturantsMajor Kong
Nov 11, 2003 1:03 PM
Jacob Wirths on Kneeland St.(edge of the Theater District). Hands down the best chowder in town.

Matt Murphys in Brookline Village (take the D train on the Green Line). Super authentic Irish cuisine and great beer.

Dok Bua. Really good and inexpensive Thai food. On Harvard St in Brookline (66 Bus), roughly half-way between B and C train of the Green line on Harvard St.

Have Fun
Andrew
Boston has actually undergone a restaurant renaissancekenyee
Nov 10, 2003 1:21 PM
in the last decade or so. It used to be that SF and NY restaurants were fantastic, but there are lots in Boston now and their chefs regularly try to outdo each other :-)

For seafood, try the East Coast Grill in Cambridge. For Italian, try Sage in the North End. There are lots of "fusion" chefs (look at www.bostonchefs.com). There are the Todd English places, but I've never been too impressed w/ the food at his restaurants. Other famous authors in the Boston are Ming Tsai (Wellesley), Jodie Adams (Cambridge) and a few others I can't remember right now. The South End has lots of cozy restaurants, but I'm not sure they're unique to Boston. Cheers is a popular tourist attraction, but it's a bar, so I wouldn't say it has good food :-)

Traffic is messy in the Boston area at rush hour if you have to cross the city (people are trying to leave). If you are just headed into the city from Sudbury, it's a pretty easy trip until you hit the city borders.
Eh, they aren't all they're cracked up to be,TJeanloz
Nov 10, 2003 2:18 PM
I've never had a good meal at a Todd English restaurant. I don't know what the fuss is all about - all he seems to do well is publicize.

The South End does have some really good food - Bomboa, et.al. - but they're a little on the "eclectic" side for a visitor. South End restaurants are less consistent, sometimes great food, sometimes a little too creative.

Cheers actually makes a good cheeseburger, and has the latest-open kitchen on Beacon Hill. Which helps on those days you don't get out of work until 11:00. Otherwise, the place is totally forgettable.
Afternoon Funpitt83
Nov 10, 2003 11:44 AM
Newbury Street. Lots of shops and people watching for fun. Near Prudential Center.

Restaurants: North End. Great Italian neighborhood with restaurants and cafes a plenty. Also, Quincy Markets near the harbor has good choices.

If you want to go tourist full-blown, go the the bar which inspired Cheers on Mass Ave.
Cheers is on Beacon Street (nm)TJeanloz
Nov 10, 2003 11:47 AM
My bad! Guessing with damaged brain cells nmpitt83
Nov 10, 2003 11:54 AM
Second to Newbury Streetinnergel
Nov 10, 2003 1:51 PM
Just got back from vacation in Boston and found a big concentration of good restaurants on/near Newbury St. Tapeo (I think?) is a Spanish tapas place that was very good. There is also a place called Skipjack's Seafood that was good, and not too pricey. Good wine list and specials. We had dinner for two and it was about $50 with appetisers and a shared desert. Wine is extra.
Thanks to all for replying.lotterypick
Nov 10, 2003 2:38 PM
I think I'll go to Jimmy's (I'll verify the name again.)

I like seafood and since that was in two posts as being good, I'll try it.

Thanks again. Looks like the afternoon will be boring. maybe they have a good bike shop to check out. isn't hamilton from that area?
Hamilton is from New York53T
Nov 10, 2003 5:38 PM
Oh, you mean Tyler Hamilton, he's from Marblehead, just north of Boston.

I've always been a big fan of the no-name restaurant, not fancy food, but plenty of fish, right on the dock, down by the World Trade Center in the "New" South End.

At the Prudential center, Dick's Last Resort is a very special place as well.

You want good food, impress clients, chicks, etc.? The Bay Tower Club at Congress and State cannot be beat.

Two uniquely Boston spots (with some tourists, for sure) are Durgin Park (Prime Rib or anything else) at Fanuel Hall marketplace, and The Union Oyster House in the same neighborhood. Ben Franklin used to stop in at the raw bar when he was in town.
North End for Italian, and don't forget to stop at Mike's Pastryjaybird
Nov 11, 2003 7:49 AM
The canoli's are the best ever!
re: I'll be in Boston next monthmackgoo
Nov 11, 2003 8:19 AM
Red Bones in Davis square. The BBQ is out of this world and the whole experience is memorable. Not fancy, although I guess they are starting some evening entertainment lately. Just good food and lot's of it.